West Kirby Counsellor

Counselling and Psychotherapy

“There are so many reasons why people seek counselling/psychotherapy and yet one word for me encompasses them all, that word is feelings….”

Counselling and Psychotherapy

I am often asked, “What is the difference between counselling and psychotherapy?” Here is a brief answer to that question, followed by my own thoughts.

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP, 2012) defines counselling and psychotherapy as, “umbrella terms that cover a range of therapies.” The main differences between the two relate firstly, to the time engaged in the process and secondly to the training undertaken by the practitioner.

Counselling tends to take place for a shorter length of time (often 4 to 6 sessions) with the focus on behaviour patterns. Help is given towards enabling you to identify specific problems for yourself, and the steps needed to both understand and resolve them.

Psychotherapists train for longer at post-graduate level, including a requirement for undertaking personal counselling. Psychotherapy is helpful for exploring, understanding and working towards resolving issues experienced over a longer period of time. Support is offered in exploring the emotions, situations and experiences of the past towards an increasing understanding of feelings of the present. Generally, a practitioner offering short term consultations is known as a counsellor. A psychotherapist is able to offer counselling to clients and may choose to call themselves a counsellor.

There are so many reasons why people seek counselling/psychotherapy and yet one word for me encompasses them all, that word is ‘feelings’. Feeling invisible, not heard, overwhelmed by thoughts, by the behaviour of others, or yourself; feeling out of control, angry, distressed, scared; the list goes on. Having someone who not only listens, but truly hears what you are saying and is able to communicate their authenticity, empathy and total regard for you as the unique individual you are, can be so powerful in supporting you in listening to your inner self.

“Together for you” means exactly that. If you think that talking about how you are feeling right now would help, please get in touch.

Whatever you're struggeling with....

Susan Evans Counselling and Psychotherapy

West Kirby Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice – Together for you.